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Contaminated Water: Three Tips for Lauderhill & Ft. Lauderdale

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Contaminated Water: Three tips

What you do right after a flood can have a major impact to your safety and health; the same goes for what you don't do.  When dealing with flood water damage, it's important to get the water out of the way, but you should be sure to pay attention to these tips when dealing with the flooding in the Lauderhill or Ft. Lauderdale Florida area.

1. Dangers of exposure to contaminated water

Water that has been still after a flood is many times considered black water or stage 3 water. It may contain dangerous pollutants that could harm your health if you come in contact with it. If it comes into contact with your skin or it accidentally gets in your system either by fumes, consuming or it entering a wound, it can have disastrous effects.  Keep your loved ones or your pets away from it.

When the time comes to get rid of the water and to resolve the water damage, be smart and call a professional like SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North.  If for some reason you choose to do it yourself despite the dangers or the fact that the issue may come back if not properly handled, make sure you at least use the correct safety equipment.  We highly advise against handling this kind of damage yourself. But if you must make sure you use heavy duty water proof equipment as well as a respirator and eye protection.

2. Be aware of, turn off and stay away from sources of electricity

ANY time there is a large flood or pooled water source, you must be aware that the water may be made even more dangerous by any possible electric wires nearby.  If you are working in a specific area within your home, it is highly advised  for you to shut off all power sources so that you reduce the risk of getting shocked.  Even more so, doing this can help you reduce the amount of damage to your electric system within your home.

You should always reach out to a professional before putting your life at risk or your family's life at risk when handling a flood situation or a situation that may include short circuited electric systems or live wires.

3. Handle these problems immediately

Especially in the case of water damage, it is important for you to handle the situation as quickly as possible.  That is why it is highly important to call SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North because the more time that has passed, the more likely mold has begun to grow and to spread. Mold can begin to grow in a flooded home in 24 to 72 hours. 

In general it is important to remove yourself from the situation of dealing with contaminated water or water that may be exposed to open live power lines.  These situations may cause harm to your health or even danger to your life.

Don't let it get worse before it gets better. 

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